LPGA players put spin on grooves

By David AllenJuly 7, 2009, 12:38 am
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The new groove regulations were a hot topic on the PGA Tour last week, and while it’s not dominating the discussion this week at the U.S. Women’s Open like it was at the AT&T National, players are asking a lot of questions. At least, those who know about the change.

'A lot of the girls are not cognizant of what's going on, so I'm being very proactive this week, letting them know that there has been a change and there's no need to panic,' said Jeff Heitt, Ping's LPGA representative. 'They just need to be aware that come this fall, we'll be tinkering with some of their wedges and irons and they should be prepared.'

Heitt, however, doesn't think the move to the conforming V-shaped grooves, which have smaller cross-sections and are not as sharp-edged as the U-shaped grooves, will have a big impact on the LPGA. He says some of the stronger players, like Ping staff members Lorena Ochoa and Maria Hjorth, might see some less spin out of the rough, as well as any player using 'gargantuan-sized' grooves in their wedges.

'They're the only players who will know the difference because they're the only ones who can spin the ball out of the rough,' said Heitt, who added he expects all of Ping's players to be using conforming grooves by October.

Suzann Pettersen, one of the longer hitters on tour, doesn’t think the move will have much of an effect on her tour.

“I don’t think it will make a huge difference for the girls,” she said. “The guys generate so much more clubhead speed than we do, so they can make the ball spin out of the rough much easier than we can.”

Meaghan Francella was one of several LPGA players selected by the USGA to test the grooves at last year’s Sybase Classic in Clifton, N.J. Francella says she didn’t know it at the time, but she was already playing the conforming V-shaped grooves. A week later, she switched to the U grooves in her Callaway X-Tour irons.

“I felt like I was at a disadvantage because I was playing irons that were harder to hit,” said Francella. “I wasn't getting any spin out of the rough. But with the U-shaped grooves, the ball wasn’t running out as much. I get a little more spin now, but not a very noticeable amount.”
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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